Friday, June 23, 2017 8:28 PM Local Time
Loren Klein Captures Second Bracelet in $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Event
Two WSOP bracelets in subsequent years. Loren Klein pulled off the elusive feat by capturing WSOP gold and wasted no time as well. Klein plowed through the field, held the chip lead from start to finish and eliminated his final three opponents in the span of just twenty minutes. For winning Event #41: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Klein received a sweet payday of $231,483 as well as his second bracelet.
Klein revealed a bit about himself during the post-win interview, "I've been playing for 10 years. I grew up in Michigan and have been slowly moving west. I live in Reno now. Just to be close to the Mountains and Nevada."
When asked about his final table experience, Klein replied, "I had to run good in the last few all-ins for sure but before that I picked up a lot of chips when I could. TJ's [Cloutier] results are super intimidating. It was tough to be at a table with one of the greats but I tried to keep it together."
Chun Law finished in second place ($143,017), Danny Wong ($100,360) got the bronze medal and Jeff Williams ended in fourth place ($71,423). Six-time WSOP bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier finished in tenth place ($12,611). The other six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro got eliminated in 16th place ($7,995).
Final Table Results
|Place||Player Name||Country||Prize (USD)|
|1||Loren Klein||United States||$231,483|
|2||Chun Law||United States||$143,017|
|3||Danny Wong||United States||$100,360|
|4||Jeff Williams||United States||$71,423|
|5||Jordan Spurlin||United States||$51,559|
|7||Timothy Batow||United States||$28,066|
Eighteen players returned for the final day of Event 41, which each of them already secured of $7,995. That ended up being the payout for Shankar Pillar, who's top set got outdrawn by Klein. Klein rivered a flush and scored the first of his many knockouts throughout the day.
Jonas Van Baelen finished in 17th place for $7,995 and Jeff Lisandro had to settle for the same shortly after. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner, who captured one in Pot Limit Omaha back in 2010, was preflop all-in with kings and jacks against Sergej Barbarez' pocket aces. Lisandro hit a jack on the turn but Barbarez, who held three aces in his hand, spiked the case ace on the river to send the Australian to the rail.
Lance Howard, Fabian Schoneck and Robert Park scored the payjump and each of them received $9,962. Unsurprisingly, it was Klein who busted both Schoneck and Park, putting his quota for the day already at three. Mark Wabha finished in 12th place by missing with ace-king-queen-trey against Barbarez' pocket kings. He was shortly followed by Raymond Walton, creating the unofficial final table of ten.
Poker Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier was the first casualty at the last table. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner got it in with pocket aces on a ten-seven-four flop. Chun Law held pocket sevens for a set and Cloutier failed to catch up. The poker legend added $12,611 to his $10M+ in lifetime winnings.
Benjamin Juhasz (9th - $16,215) also busted with pocket aces, this time on a king-seven-four flop. Klein held two pair with seven-six-five-four and knocked the Hungarian out after the board didn't change. The next one to go was former soccer star Sergej Barbarez (8th - $21,172). The German resident, who played 47 matches for Bosnia's national team, held ace-king-four-deuce on an ace-ace-ten flop. His opponent Law was behind with ace-queen-jack-nine but was drawing live with three kickers. A jack landed on the river to fill Law up and Barbarez was eliminated.
2015 Dragonball Z TGC world champion Timothy Batow finished in 7th place for $28,066. Batow's two pair were no match for Klein's nut flush, who eliminated his fifth player of the day. Oskar Silow quickly followed Batow after Danny Wong rivered a backdoor flush against Silow's top two pair. Silow cashed $51,599 for finishing sixth.
Jordan Spurlin ended in fifth place ($51,599) after missing with ace-queen-ten-nine against Jeff Williams' kings and fives. Williams wasn't able to enjoy those chips for long, as Klein once again scored an elimination. After a preflop all in, Klein hit the nut straight on the turn to force Williams to collect his $71,423 at the payout desk.
Within 15 minutes after Williams' bustout, Klein had decided the tournament. Klein took care of Danny Wong in 3rd place ($100,360). Wong got it in with top pair and a flush draw against Klein's bottom two pair. Klein filled up on the turn to leave Wong drawing dead.
In the first all-in confrontation of the heads-up, Chun Law got eliminated in 2nd place ($143,017). On a king-eight-six flop with two hearts, Law got it in with jack-nine-nine-seven with two hearts. Unfortunately for Law, Klein had flopped the nuts with king-king-queen-ten and also held a queen high flush draw. Law needed to hit one of his straight cards to survive but failed to do so. The American received $143,017 for his second place.
After winning last year's $1,500 No Limit Hold'em / Pot Limit Omaha tournament, Loren Klein now has a bracelet in Pot Limit Omaha as well to make him a two-time winner! Keep following throughout the rest of the series as PokerNews continues to report all of the action live from the floor.
Friday, June 23, 2017 8:14 PM Local Time
Chun Law Eliminated in 2nd Place ($143,017)
Chun Law opened to 125,000 on the button, Loren Klein three-bet to 375,000 from the big blind, and Law called. The flop was and Klein slid a large pile of chips forward. Law quickly shoved and Klein called even quicker to try and win his second bracelet.
"Nuts!" cheered Klein as he raised his hands up in the air.
"I have a straight draw," said Law, who had to strip the hearts from his potential list of outs. The turn brought the and the river the . Law just missed out on his first bracelet but received a massive $143,017 in compensation.
After winning a bracelet in last year's $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, Klein does it again this year and is now a two-time WSOP bracelet winner!
|Loren Klein||6,525,000||1,700,000 |
|Chun Law||0||-1,700,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 8:00 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Chip Counts
|Loren Klein||4,825,000||0 |
|Chun Law||1,700,000||50,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 7:59 PM Local Time
Danny Wong Eliminated in 3rd Place ($100,360)
Danny Wong limped and then called a raise by Loren Klein to 150,000. The two went to a flop and Wong check-raised pot to a bet of 200,000 from Klein. Klein three-bet all in and Wong called off for his tournament life.
The board ran out , leaving Wong drawing dead on the turn and was escorted to the payout desk to pick up his cash of $100,360.
|Loren Klein||4,825,000||1,225,000 |
|Danny Wong||0||-1,130,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 7:51 PM Local Time
Jeff Williams Eliminated in 4th Place ($71,423)
Jeff Williams started as the short stack after the dinner break and became even shorter after losing nearly half his stack to Chun Law. Williams had opened with a pot-sized raise to 175,000 but opted to check-fold on an board with just 225,000 behind.
In the next hand, Loren Klein opened to 150,000 from the small blind. Williams shoved and Klein called.
"You're all over me," laughed Williams to Klein after the dealer had spread out a board. Williams said his goodbyes in fourth place and just missed out on his third six-figure cash at the WSOP.
|Loren Klein||3,600,000||340,000 |
|Jeff Williams||0||-445,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 7:35 PM Local Time
Level 27 started
Friday, June 23, 2017 6:38 PM Local Time
Dinner Break Counts
Loren Klein has picked up a lot of small-sized pots to get his stack up to over three million.
|Loren Klein||3,260,000||935,000 |
|Chun Law||1,650,000||50,000 |
|Danny Wong||1,130,000||-220,000 |
|Jeff Williams||445,000||-475,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 6:35 PM Local Time
Another two levels are in the books and with six levels completed on the day, the players are rewarded with a 60-minute dinner break. Full updated counts will follow soon as they are available.
Friday, June 23, 2017 6:30 PM Local Time
Jordan Spurlin Eliminated in 5th Place ($51,559)
With the Run it Up Legion behind him, Jordan Spurlin was unable to get any help from the board and has been eliminated in fifth place, earning his second career WSOP cash, worth $51,559.
Spurlin raised pot preflop and was three-bet by Jeff Williams, enough to put Spurlin all in. Spurlin called.
The board ran out and Spurlin took his leave, joining his friends on the rail.
|Jeff Williams||920,000||205,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||0||-450,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 6:09 PM Local Time
|Loren Klein||2,325,000||425,000 |
|Chun Law||1,600,000||175,000 |
|Danny Wong||1,350,000||90,000 |
|Jeff Williams||715,000||-185,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||450,000||-395,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 5:58 PM Local Time
Oskar Silow Eliminated in 6th Place ($37,762)
Danny Wong opened to 85,000 and called a three-bet jam from Oskar Silow for a total of 285,000.
Silow was defeated when Wong went runner-runner to spike a rivered flush on a board and received $37,762 for his sixth-place finish.
|Danny Wong||1,260,000||610,000 |
|Oskar Silow||0||-460,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 5:50 PM Local Time
Timothy Batow Eliminated in 7th Place ($28,066)
Loren Klein raised to 90,000 from under the gun and Timothy Batow defended his big blind. The flop was and Batow lead out with a pot-sized bet of 200,000, nearly all of his remaining chips. Klein called in position to see the land on the turn.
Batow committed his last 50,000 and Klein called.
Batow's two pair were the underdog against Klein's nut flush, and the river brought no help.
The 2015 Dragonball Z TGC world champion and World of Warcraft TGC champion's run proved his merit in yet another cardgame, and he received $28,066 for his seventh-place finish.
|Loren Klein||1,900,000||500,000 |
|Timothy Batow||0||-430,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 5:34 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Friday, June 23, 2017 5:17 PM Local Time
Batow Finds a Double
Timothy Batow raised to 105,000 on the button. Loren Klein three-bet from the small blind and Batow called all in for 200,000 total.
The board ran out and Batow was the only one to pair up with his hole cards.
|Loren Klein||1,400,000||-335,000 |
|Timothy Batow||430,000||70,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 5:09 PM Local Time
Silow Nearly Triples
Oskar Silow opened from late position to 105,000, leaving only 65,000 behind. Loren Klein called on the button, as did Chun Law in the big blind.
The flop fanned out and Silow moved all in. Just Law called.
The board completed with and Silow made a backdoor flush to double up.
|Chun Law||1,425,000||-375,000 |
|Oskar Silow||460,000||160,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 4:59 PM Local Time
Sergej Barbarez Eliminated in 8th Place ($21,172)
Chun Law raised to 75,000 from the cutoff. Sergej Barbarez three-bet to 270,000 on the button, more than half his stack. Law called and both players saw the flop appear.
Law checked, Barbarez put the rest in and Law snap-called.
Both players had flopped trip aces with Barbarez holding the lead with ace-king. The former professional soccer player improved to a full house with the on the turn. Law could still win by pairing one of his kickers and did so with the on the river.
Barbarez stood up from the table and held his hands against his head in disbelief. The German with Bosnian roots, who played 47 matches for the Bosnian national soccer team, will have to try another time to capture his first bracelet. He received $21,172 for his deep run.
|Chun Law||1,800,000||610,000 |
|Sergej Barbarez||0||-550,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 4:34 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Friday, June 23, 2017 4:29 PM Local Time
Chip Counts in the Break
|Loren Klein||1,735,000||-90,000 |
|Chun Law||1,190,000||65,000 |
|Jeff Williams||900,000||0 |
|Jordan Spurlin||845,000||175,000 |
|Danny Wong||650,000||-50,000 |
|Sergej Barbarez||550,000||82,000 |
|Timothy Batow||360,000||-68,000 |
|Oskar Silow||300,000||-203,000 |
Friday, June 23, 2017 4:22 PM Local Time
Players are on a fifteen-minute break. The T$1,000 chips will be raced off during this break.
Friday, June 23, 2017 4:19 PM Local Time
Barbarez Takes Huge Hit; Doubles Up Williams and Wong
Sergej Barbarez opened to 55,000 from middle position, getting calls from Danny Wong in the cutoff, and Loren Klein out of the big blind.
The flop came and Barbarez bet 80,000. Wong moved all in and Barbarez called.
The board completed with a run out and Wong made a straight to double up.
Not long after, Barbarez continued with a bet of 125,000 on a flop and Jeff Williams check-raised all in. Barbarez got a count of 422,000 total and made the call.
The board ran out and Barbarez pushed another double-up towards one of his competitors.
|Jeff Williams||900,000||400,000 |
|Danny Wong||700,000||370,000 |
|Sergej Barbarez||468,000||-582,000 |